Things are gradually falling into shape for Team Lagos at the ongoing 19th National Sports Festival in Abuja as the have now registered their name on the gold column of the medal table with two gold medals which came in succession on Saturday.

The two gold medals came in from judo and taekwondo. Adewunmi Akintunde was at his best during the +78kg category in the judo event beating Rita James from Kano to win the first gold for the state.

It was not an easy road for Akinwunmi. She beat Osubor Patience (Ogun) to qualified for quarter finals, defeated Bose Ajayi (Delta) to make it to the semi final and got the best out of Ekem (Rivers) to qualified for the final, before winning the gold medal at the expense of Kano State’s Rita James.

Interestingly, Akeem Yusuf, captain of para powerlifting team won silver medal in the class of 72kg and a call up to the national team camp.

Kole Ojo of Lagos State also won bronze medal in the 65kg class of para powerlifting.

Team Lagos

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Two more bronze medals were won on Saturday in the swimming event and the athletes who won these medals are in the waiting to receive their own cash rewards. The Olopedes were the winners of bronze medals. While Smart Olopede won bronze in 100m breaststroke men, His sister, Mercy won in the 50m breaststroke women in the event watched the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung. 

The trio of Rokeeb Arowora, Ibrahim Idris and Rosheed Amusat won gold medal in the team event-proomsse (male), while the trio of Aminat Idrees, Beauty Ditu and Kadijah Abdulrazak won silver medal in the team event –mixed proomse (female) of taekwondo. In individual (male) of taekwondo event, Arowora Rokeeb won bronze medal. In individual (female), Aminat Idrees won a bronze medal. In taekwondo Team Pair, Arowora Rokeeb and Aminat Idrees won silver medal.

The Lagos team also won their cricket match against Team Kwara by 8 wickets.


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